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How to budget for your trip – 6 extra costs to consider

[ 1 ] September 29, 2011

Finding cheap flights is usually the easy part when it comes to budgeting for your holiday. The key is avoiding all those hidden extras like airport transfers and bank fees.

Below is a list of 6 common charges to prepare for when planning your next adventure.

1. Airport transfers

Train, bus or car? Getting to the airport can cost a small fortune, so it’s important to pick your travel method wisely. Parking at airports is often the most convenient but also the most expensive option, running up charges of £136 for just 3 days. Public transport is usually the most affordable option – especially if you book in advance or have a railcard.

How to save money on last-minute flights | Cheap flights | Fabulous travel guide

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2. Pre-booked seats

If you’re travelling in a group, paying for priority boarding can add up. Instead, try to arrive at the departure gate as early as possible so that you’ll be the first in line to request extra leg room/seats together etc.

3. Bank charges

Find out how much you’ll be charged and be clever about which card you use. If you pay with a debit card you may get stung with a loaded exchange rate, a cash withdrawal fee and interest charges, too. If you must use a debit card, always take out the maximum amount of cash. Paying with a credit card will give you free credit, as long as you clear your balance in full and use consumer protection. Using a pre-loaded currency card will help to keep your budget in check and you may save on those airline booking charges too.

4. International calls

Keep in mind when you cross the border, by land or by sea, your cell is using data internationally – and you’re getting charged. Give your mobile service provider a call before you leave to review your terms and switch to an international plan to avoid hefty charges.

5. Travel insurance

Read the small print! Will you be covered if your flights are affected by an ash cloud? If your holiday company goes bust? Also, make sure you’re covered for everything you want to do e.g sky diving, abseiling, kayaking etc If not, you could end up spending thousands of pounds if something goes wrong.

6. Car rentals

Never assume that the estimated cost you’re quoted is what you’ll spend in total. So many people forget to budget for extras such as fuel, insurance, tolls, parking, and insuring an extra driver on your current plan. Decide whether the additional outlay of renting a car is affordable or necessary.

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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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How to book cheap flights - the 8 week rule - Fabulous travel guide

How to save money on last-minute flights

[ 12 ] September 10, 2010

Cheap flights are often too good to be true – with taxes and charges often bumping up the price at the last minute.

Sadly, airlines are getting sneakier at adding these on – so you have to extra diligent when booking your flight. Follow our top 5 tips on getting the cheapest possible deal, and you could save £50!*

1) Book directly though the airline

Find out which airlines fly to your chosen destination. It may seem like an obvious starting point but you’d be surprised how many people book through third-party companies.

If you’re after a good deal, it’s worth checking out flight comparison websites. They compare hundreds of deals and send you straight to the airline page.

How to book cheap flights - the 8 week rule - Fabulous travel guide

How to book cheap flights - the 8 week rule - Fabulous travel guide

2) Select your flights carefully

Consider flying at an unsociable hour – as these flights are the cheapest. It’s also worth looking at single fares, rather than ‘returns’ as you can pick and choose times and be more flexible on dates.

3) Check that no insurance has been added on

Monarch automatically adds on a £10 insurance fee to the booking, without even asking you. You physically have to choose ‘no insurance’ to remove it.

4) De-select the in-flight meals

Hot meals cost from £6.50 each way. This is an unnecessary luxury on short-haul flights and will save you £13 in total if you choose to opt out. Airlines usually add this on automatically – so make sure you double check.

5) Be savvy about baggage

Monarch charges £9.99 per bag, each way. That’s £20 added onto your flight in the blink of an eye! Instead, consider hand luggage. It’s surprising how much you can fit in (56cm x 45cm x25cm) – and you’re allowed 10kg.

6) Don’t pre-book your seats (unless you want extra leg room or have other special requirements)

This costs £7.50 each way and is an unnecessary cost! As long as you all check in early enough you will be seated together where possible.

Monarch cleverly makes it look like you have to book a seat, but ignore this and continue to the check out.

Total amount saved: £58*
£20 on luggage
£15 on pre-booked seats
10 on travel insurance
£13 on in-flight meals

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*Based on a Monarch Airways flight, London-Ibiza, leaving on 17.09.10 and returning on 24.09.10.

How to book cheap flights - the 8 week rule - Fabulous travel guide

Booking flights – the 8 week rule

[ 7 ] September 9, 2010

Thinking about booking a last-minute holiday? Apparently there’s a knack to bagging those cheap flights – and it’s all about timing.

According to a new study published in the latest edition of The Economic Journal, the best time to book your flights is exactly 8 weeks before departure.

How to save money on last-minute flights | Cheap flights | Fabulous travel guide

How to save money on last-minute flights | Cheap flights | Fabulous travel guide

It is thought that booking too far in advance can be a gamble – as unforeseen circumstances can affect the flight, and leaving it until the last minute often proves costly.

And don’t bother getting out of bed early to bag those deals – apparently the best time to book is in the afternoon. So grab yourself a cuppa, sit back and let science do all the hard work!

Oh, and if you get stuck, just remember this formula: ∏A =gUG + min(k – g, (1 – g)(1 – r))

Easy, right?

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